Six Ways to Take Care of “YOU” on Valentine’s Day

Whether you grew up in a dysfunctional family or specific culture that taught you to put your needs and feelings to the side, or you’ve been caught up in complicated relationships or a toxic workplace that demands a lot of your attention, you’ve probably neglected yourself either physically or emotionally. Even though we give to...

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Moving Beyond ‘Why’ When Trauma and Abuse Happens

Lisa addresses the question of why the trauma or abuse happened, and how you can respond to clients with answers that will bring back a sense of control into their lives.

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The Meaning Clients Attach to Trauma

As a way to help your clients move through and beyond their trauma and pain, Lisa explores her favorite mantra, “Experience is not what happens to us. It’s what we do with what happens to us,” by August Huxley.

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Mental Health Professionals: The Grass Isn’t Greener on the Other Side

  I’ve just returned from a wonderful stay in London and Ireland, having had the opportunity to train mental health professionals who were eager to learn and absorb “trauma informed” theory and treatment strategies.  The welcome I received was more than kind. The British were anything but “reserved.” They were enthusiastic, had a great sense of...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Part 2
Reaching Out for Support

Many people relate to the fact that the holidays are a stressful time because of a perceived “obligation” to spend extended visits with family members who may be dysfunctional or toxic.  The internal debate about whether or not to attend holiday gatherings can evoke ambivalence, apprehension, guilt, sadness, or anger.  It’s understandable that no one...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Part I
Fruitcake, Mistletoe, Anxiety, and Stress

There is a universal expectation and cultural push to spend the holidays with family. Even though the malls pipe in holiday cheer, lights twinkle on houses, and TV ads depict families frolicking in the snow, it’s important to keep in mind that this can be a time of great ambivalence and emotional overwhelm for many people....

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Planting Seeds of Hope

I have often likened being a therapist to being a diligent and nurturing gardener. So much of the time we are planting seeds, encouraging clients to become curious about their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, making it safe for them to re-evaluate existing beliefs in a compassionate, non-shaming way. Every time we offer our clients a...

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How Spirituality Can Play a Role in Trauma Treatment

Clinicians who work with trauma know that one of the fundamental treatment issues is processing feelings of loss. The experience of loss can permeate clients’ lives and often manifests through grief, sadness, or rage. Whether it’s the loss of innocence, boundaries, privacy, protection, trust, secure attachment, or power and control over their own bodies, trauma...

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The Rise of Teen Dating Violence and Ways You Can Intervene

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This issue is far more prevalent than people think. In the Unites States one in three teens will experience emotional, sexual, or physical abuse in their relationship with a significant other before reaching adulthood. And when these dysfunctional and toxic interpersonal dynamics are normalized in adolescence they increase...

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Impact and Reflections of 2015: The Year That Was

As 2015 comes to a close and you reflect on the last 12 months, I’m sure you’ll agree the year was filled with many powerful, moving, positive, frightening, and important events. It’s part of why our work as clinicians is so vital: as human beings we all need and deserve support, guidance, encouragement, and a...

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